Book Buddy Program
Children in grades K-8 who are able to read at any level are invited to the shelter to read to the cats in our adoptable cat or kitten room. The program will help children improve their reading skills while also helping the shelter animals by providing socialization and human interaction.
Children must be accompanied to the shelter by a parent or guardian. While parents do not have to sign up in advance, only three children per time slot can be accommodated (parents can call ahead to schedule). Bring your own book (HSSCM has a few as well).
Tuesdays – Fridays: Saturdays:
3:30 – 4:00 2:00 – 2:30
4:00 – 4:30 2:30 – 3:00
4:30 – 5:00
Limited time slots may be spent with shelter dogs, depending on room availability and appropriate temperament of animals available. Students will be asked to sign in and out, and hours will be tracked. Students will wear a special badge while they are at shelter. Book Buddy participants will be highlighted on Facebook and in the quarterly Critter Chronicles. The Book Buddy participant with the most hours (June 1 – October 15) will be a guest judge at Howl-O-Ween. Students who complete ten sessions will receive a t-shirt.
Click here for the 2017 Book Buddy application (pdf). Print and mail to HSSCM, 2500 Watkins, Battle Creek MI 49015 or stop in at the shelter to fill one out in person.
Book Buddy hours do not count towards any school, dental or community service hours.